Research involving human tissue

The University's Policy on research ethics requires that all studies involving human tissue (defined as: 'relevant material' by the Human Tissue Authority; as well nucleic acids and commercially purchased relevant material) require ethical approval before they can commence.

University policy requirements when working with human material

The University Policy on research ethics defines which studies involving human material require review by a University research ethics committee. This Policy should be read in conjunction with the Health Research Authority 'Do I need NHS research ethics committee review?' decision tool.

The University human material governance webpages provide information on policy and good practice requirements when working with human tissue.

Guidance on the ethical considerations when working with human material

The Human Tissue Authority webpages and the Health Research Authority webpages contain a variety of guidance documents on the ethical considerations when working with human material.

The Medical Research Council have produced guidance documents on ethical guidelines for human tissue research, and on the feedback of health related findings in research.

The University of Liverpool leaflet on human material and research ethics produced by the Research Ethics and Integrity Team.

Useful contacts for research involving human material

The University Research ethics and integrity team can be contacted by email for support on ethical issues that arise in research involving human material.

The University Human Material Governance team host weekly human material drop in sessions to discuss any queries relating to human material or sponsorship.

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